When I look back at some of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, I noticed a trend. The Male POV. Authors who decide to share their leading man’s point of view. You would think that the storyline would be exactly the same, but that isn’t necessarily the case. I found that it was so much more revealing.
I want to share three of my favorites from 2015…
I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.
And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.
But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.
Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…
I think it was the summer of 2012 that I started reading this amazing series from JLA about really hot aliens called Luxen. Daemon Black will always be my favorite book boyfriend from Jennifer. Before she decided to release Oblivion, she would occasionally release scenes from Daemon’s POV. Her fans couldn’t get enough of Daemon, so I truly believe she did this just for us.
This is what I learned from being in Daemon’s head. He carried a lot of weight on his shoulders regarding his determination to not only protect his family and Katy, but the Luxen race. He also took himself way too seriously at times, and that’s where we would see his cockiness. As much as I adore him, I love Katy more. She is way more funny and thoughtful in her reasoning. I also love that she didn’t forgive him for treating her so poorly in the beginning.
–“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect. The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”
–“I don’t know how to make you better. I wish I did, but please stay with me. I need you, and I can’t lose you. Not now. Not ever.”
–Jesus, all this thinking about my feelings and hers was probably going to give me a period.
Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.
Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.
Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.
Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.
This is another series that I started around the same time as JLA’s Luxen series, but I didn’t actually finish the series until this year, when the last book, Sweet Reckoning, came out. The series told from Kaiden POV immediately followed.
This book actually made me cry. If you have any religious upbringing, I think that you will appreciate aspects of this story. This isn’t the typical angel/demon stories where the focus is on all of the superhuman powers that angels and demons have, like the Mortal Instruments series or the Guild Hunter series. It is more about good vs. evil, choosing your path against sin. Finding love when you think that it is undeserved.
What I learned from being in Kaiden’s head, was that he was making changes in his character and his life by the decisions he made, even when he wasn’t with Anna. She affected him more than he ever truly reveals to her. I found it moving and life/love affirming.
–“For the record,” I say, hardly able to speak through the lust that pumps through my veins, “I was more myself with you during those three days than I’ve ever been with anyone in my life. It’d be easier if I could be fake with you, but you bring out everything in me, little Ann. All of it.” The good and the bad. The hot and the cold. The lust and the love.”
–I am obsessed. I believe this is what they call “getting taste of one’s own medicine,” and it’s a bitter flavor.
–Lust is the the groveling cousin of love. It’s the house made of straw and sticks. It cannot compare. I was a fool to think that chasing lust forever could be enough. That is not a life. I would take one moment of love with Anna over a lifetime of meaningless lust, but I can’t. That’s not my fate, and it hurts worse than anything I could imagine. God, if my father could see me now. He would have my balls for tea.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
I realize that I am probably “preaching to the choir” when I talk about how amazing this book is, and that if you thought it is just a retelling of the first book, it’s not. I have already dedicated more than one post to Christian Grey, so none of what I am saying will be news to you. BT loves this male character like no one else either. Don’t be surprised if you see this book on multiple “Best” or “Favorites” on our year end lists of 2015.
I have always felt this song reflected what the male POV is essentially feeling most of the time, even though none of us girls, including the women that love them, would agree.